Everyone knows about the main dairy ingredients that go into our food, and, a lot of foods that that dairy goes into. But it may surprise you to know about all of the foods, and derivative ingredients, that come with dairy.
In fact, there are more than 25 that are extracted from dairy (not including the plethora of other animal by-products) that are found in a vast array of food - and I'm not just talking about your baked goods either; but in food you wouldn't think of. This makes it especially hard for the growing number of vegans out there.
Often, one may be consuming a food and have no idea of the ingredients that lay in it, (or, for the animal rights vegan, at what expense they were ascertained). This can spell trouble for someone with an allergy, for the vegan who is trying to abide by certain personal values or even one of a religion, who is, by their spiritual set of beliefs, attempting to do the same.
Of course it is important to know what is in the food that you are eating, and these are the reasons. In contemporary times, one may think and try to act progressively, but the rest of the world is still trying to catch up. That is why it is important to follow a few simple guidelines when shopping for your food list.
- Read your ingredients list for each food, regardless of whether it seems like a product that would contain dairy.
- Research the ingredient if you don’t know what it is – although the best rule of thumb is that if you don’t know, or can’t pronounce it, it’s best to stay away.
- Research or even contact the companies behind the food that you are purchasing and consuming in your day to day life (to better ascertain the ingredients as well as to become familiar with that companies practices) Vegan products, animal by-products, vegan companies as well as the everyday companies you know by name and the vegan products they offer, restaurants and café’s - these are some of the topics that we will traverse throughout our examination of the delectable lifestyle of veganism.